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Uighur: Uighur suicide bomber attack affects China’s investment plans in Afghanistan

KABUL: A recent attack in Afghanistan carried out by a Muslim Uighur has shaken China’s top national security decision makers who wanted to invest in the Islamic Taliban emirate of Afghanistan.
Paul D Shinkman, writing in US News, said China’s top national security decision makers are now questioning the value of the Taliban’s promises to stop organizations fighting for Uighur causes.
China is stunned by a devastating suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan last week, allegedly carried out by a Muslim Uighur, sources say.
The affiliate of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-K, quickly claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kunduz on Friday.
Furthermore, the attacker detail specified that the attacker was of an ethnicity that largely originates from China’s restless Xinjiang province, Uyghurs.
Beijing’s attempts to stamp out violence among its Uighur population have emerged as perhaps its most sensitive problem in and around the home, as shown by everything it is willing to do to quell the threat it perceives, US News reported. .
The highly symbolic nature of the latest attack has raised new concerns in China that its partners on the ground in Kabul are failing to deliver on the promises they made, including preventing organizations fighting for Uighur causes from finding safe haven in Afghanistan.
It has sparked concerns in Beijing that elements of the new ruling government may in fact be trying to exploit their interests there to attract more investment and participation, Shinkman said.
“They seem to be in a real panic in terms of how to deal with Afghanistan,” says an informed source about the concerns of Chinese military officials and their plans for the future, who like others spoke to US News about the condition of anonymity. .
The main concern lies in the growing, albeit debatable, suspicion in Beijing that the de facto leaders of the Afghan government are actually coordinating with elements of ISIS-K, also known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province.
“This is the first major attack since the Taliban takeover,” says Yun Sun, director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. “And it was carried out by a Uyghur.”
The news seems particularly ironic for the Communist Party of China after its outspoken campaign to capitalize on America’s failed nation-building attempts in Afghanistan and its shameful withdrawal this summer, Shinkman said.
Furthermore, the source of China’s latest problem lies in the Haqqani Network, the sources say, the Islamic terrorist group with which traditional Taliban leaders have associated and which in recent years has redefined ambitions and centers of power. of the entire organization.
All investments are at risk with the Haqqanis’ new duplicity concerns and China’s belief that they are at least communicating, if not directly coordinating, with ISIS-K, Shinkman said.
“The Chinese are realizing that the Haqqanis are playing with everyone,” says the source.
“They will cooperate, but they also want financial benefits from a relationship,” adds the source. “The Haqqanis have some degree of infiltration in ISIS-K.”
Beijing won rare concessions from the Taliban not to cooperate with extremists Uighurs who may seek refuge in Afghanistan to organize and carry out attacks in retaliation for China’s attempts to quell the restless Xinjiang province.
At home, China has already systematically detained and forcibly relocated up to 1 million Uyghurs to the western fringes of the country, what the Chinese Communist Party calls vocational education and training centers in the Xinjiang region, but which Western powers consider a genocide.
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